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Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by kathy: ky Aug 9. 4 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Jonathan Simeone Aug 5. 29 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

The Bourne Again Identity (Mr. Deity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 3. 3 Replies

There's a young man, unconscious, found tangled with the bushes which describe the edge of your property, late one evening.  Who is he?  Where did he come from?  These are the questions which confound Ward and Pam as they attempt to deal with a most…Continue

Tags: mystery, Bourne, Brian Dalton, Mr. Deity

Where The Buffalo Roam AGAIN - Allan Savory Institute

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W Jul 31. 3 Replies

Where The Buffalo Roam AGAIN - Allan Savory InstituteI have followed the Justin Rhodes family for many months and each videa is unique. this one is about their adventures in Colorado, and…Continue

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Yasmine Mohammed - Confessions of an Ex-Muslim (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 7. 6 Replies

Yasmine Mohammed is not your average ex-Muslim.  Not only did she get shut of Islam, she also managed to escape what was at one time the most notorious of radical Islamist organizations: Al Qaeda.  She has since documented the story of her apostasy…Continue

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Comment by Ian Mason on June 6, 2017 at 3:38pm

Just for fun.

Comment by kathy: ky on June 4, 2017 at 11:38pm
Chris, our prior insurance carriers offered a twenty percent discount if the customer would take a DNA test. But they called it a biometric screening or something like that.
We never took the offer. It just seemed far to invasive and downright creepy. I felt that was giving them far to much information. Not only about health issues but about anything they cared to use them for.
Comment by kathy: ky on June 4, 2017 at 11:30pm
Ian, that's a good one :)
Comment by Ian Mason on June 4, 2017 at 11:20pm

Instead of praying, sacrifice a chicken. It doesn't work  either but at  least you  can eat the chicken.

Comment by Lilac on June 4, 2017 at 3:10pm

If all the praying works, why is crime still so rampant?

I guess if the politicians are safe & guarded from crimes, then everyone else is too, and that's a crime!

Comment by kathy: ky on June 4, 2017 at 2:17pm
And there's a crazy Matt Bevin gov of KY. He thinks we can pray crime away. The crime is he's gov. And he just bought a multi million dollar home for 350 thousand if I remember correctly. Details on KOS or any reputable news organization.
Comment by Plinius on June 4, 2017 at 4:39am

We're all mutts, Carl, it's impossible to have a 'pure blood' group. 

! Another Asian looking baby! I was suspected of being an adopted Korean child in 1954. But I'm probably from Dutch/German farmers stock.

I know insurance companies would love to get their hands on your genetic profile, with a view to profit. When they can see you're likely to get disease X, they want to sell you insurance except for disease X. 

Be careful of your personal info!

Comment by Chris on June 4, 2017 at 2:49am

The Flying Atheist

Thanks for posting David Packman talking about his DNA results.

Going back a couple generations in my family there were a bunch of bastard children and adoptions.  My Aunt told me that I looked Asian as a toddler.  I don't think the DNA profile matters as much as the culture that permeates families. 

My mom and her cousine traced the maternal family back to ~1620. Because of documents that may have been easier to explore than tracing back the paternal lineage which as far as I know is Eastern European  and Scandinavian.

What is the value of learning your genetic profile?  A friend said that the insurance and research company Kaiser Perminte is offering free genetic testing.

From what I read -even for finding out the potential for medical problems the current knowledge is just beginning.  For example I read about a village in Scandanavia (?) that was remote so many of the families who lived there dind't move around much. In the study (sorry I don't remember the title or have the link)  the survivors of the black plague also had a resistance to HIV.  

Another national, or international study I read said that some genetic diseases may skip several generations so If you were Scandanavian for example and there was a drught it would effect your children and grand children, but you great grandchildren  would be more tollerant of famine.

So there  value in studying DNA for medical research. As a hobby it might be worth getting a DNA profile. I don't think the DNA companies provide enough information to dive in that deep. I'm probably incorrect thinking the DNA companies only provide superficial results.

Going back far enough we are all from the Rift Valley, or other parts of Africa.  As far as I've seen DNA testing doesn't know much about Denisovians, or other groups that branched out.

What are the advantages of being 1%-3% Neandrothol?  What's the advantage of having Denisovian DNA?

Many people I come across think that I'm a secular Jew because of the throughts I express.  Here in lies the Nurture vs. Nature anthropological question.  Sometimes Nature and Nuture are combined to make someone who they are.

I'm fine with being a mutt.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 2, 2017 at 10:38pm

I wonder what it was like for the Germans before Hitler came to power? Were there cautionary tales? Were people seeing abhorant behaviors? Did those who opposed him suffer the death penalty or did that penalty come later? 

"Why, then, did the highly educated Germans embrace a lunatic like Adolf Hitler?  The short answer is that bad policies caused economic, military and political crises – chow time for tyrants.  German circumstances changed for the worse, and when people become angry enough or desperate enough, sometimes they’ll support crazies who would never attract a crowd in normal circumstances."

How Dictators Come To Power In A Democracy

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jimpowell/2013/02/05/how-dictators-com...

How Dictators Come To Power In A Democracy

Who were the people who voted Hitler into power? Who resisted him? What can we learn from history? 

If it took WW II to stop Hitler, will it take WW III to stop tRump? 

Comment by Lilac on June 2, 2017 at 8:03pm

That's terrifying for all of you, and none to comfortable for the rest of us!

 

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